All American Red Heads 1936-1986

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Jolene Ammons in 1970s

Coming in Fall of 2016

"Barnstorming America, Stories from the Pioneers of Women's Basketball"  Pre-orders coming by July

 

 



 

Only 16 years after Women won the right to vote, a women's basketball team out of Cassville Missouri, jumped in a car and began a tour of America, playing basketball against men and by their rules, breaking every social rule that had been set for them.  This was the famous All American Red Heads.  A team that would barnstorming the country for 50 years.

A very special book is now being edited and will be out this fall.   

 

Come along for a ride and Barnstorm America with stories of over 80 women.  Sit alongside them as they travel small town America, going town to town, a different gym everynight.

 

Many players of the Hall of Fame All American Red Heads.   Players from many other teams as well, such as the Arksansas Travelers, Ozark Hill Billies, Shooting Stars, Arkansas Gems and many others. 

Some players from the first professional league that ever made it through the entire season, The WBL and its predessor, the WBA which only lasted 1 exhibition game but continued to barnstorming for part of a season. 

The first woman to ever play in the NCAA, many year before the NCAA had women's basketball teams.

A special story from an All-Star of the WBL, US National team and eventually WNBA Commisioner, Donna Orender.

  

 

Read about a team that had to leave the Phillipines on a cattle boat, led out by a mine sweeper just before Japan invaded in WWII.

Players getting dressed in helicopters in hangers before playing a game on a military base.

Players that played before packed gyms, game after game, being chased on top of desks by energetic fans to get their autographs.

How about some that would pack a revolver in their purse wherever they went to protect themselves. 

Teams that played 8 games a week, traveling hundreds of miles each day in every type of weather you could imagine just to play a game of basketball that is now taken for granted.

Along with them some women of the early leagues of the WBA, WBL and even the first woman to ever play in the NCAA.   

 

 

 

Watch video on the barnstorming All American Red Heads by clicking here

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Fran "The Goose" of the Arkansas Travelers

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Becky Harp of the Red Heads shoots foul shot while on her knees

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Spanky Losier and a fan after the game

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Brenda Brooks and Lynn Holst doing halftime show

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The Southern Belles

New York Times article on Red Heads induction 9-10-2012